UPDATED: Madonna's Short Film Now Available On Bittorrent
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.25.2013
Even more detail available...
UPDATE: Billboard has not only posted video of Madonna's new short film, but also has a description of what happened at the event's launch.
She performed Elliott Smith's "Between the Bars" at the event, which she said in 2006 (in an interview with Q magazine) was the one song of the last 20 years she wished she wrote. It was originally featured on the Good Will Hunting soundtrack.
She was dragged on stage by two actors dressed as police officers who put a microphone in her hand, before singing the song, accompanied by a piano. Halfway through the performance, a masked dancer dressed in black freed her. As the sogn was over, the dancer removed his balaclava to reveal himself as her 13-year-old son Rocco. This happened less than a month before the tenth anniversary of Smith's death. He was nominated for another song from the same sountrack, Miss Misery. He died on October 21, 2003 of stab wounds to the chest.
The short film secretprojectrevolution runs 17 minutes and is available for free on BitTorrent. It was broadcast through guerilla screenings in 12 cities around the world on Monday and Tuesday. It's part of the Art for Freedom project, which is an art project (through a partnership with Vice) that encourages artists to submit videos, music, poetry and photographs to show their meaning of freedom.
Before the screening and performance, Madonna gave a speech. She said: "This film, aside from my children, is to me the most important thing I've ever done. The idea of being free, and being able to express myself, not only as an artist but as a human being, is extremely important and I do not take my freedom for granted. And it seems to me, when I travel around the world, that people are either not free and are fighting for it, or are free and taking it for granted. And both of those situations make me extremely agitated. God made art. God made human beings to create art. We are channeling God when we make art. I do not doubt that for a minute and it's nobody's business to get in the way of that. Amen."
The event last night was held at the Gagosian Gallery in New York's Chelsea neighborhood, attended by CNN's Anderson Cooper, blogger Perez Hilton, Lucy Liu, Zachary Quinto, Donna Karan, Lindsay Lohan and Madonna's former husband Sean Penn.
ORIGINAL: NME reports that Madonna's new short film secretprojectrevolution is now available on Bittorrent as part of the launch of her Art for Freedom campaign.
It was made with director Steven Klein and features bonus material including an exclusive interview with Madonna, along with photos and trailers. Madonna previously said she hoped to "show by the example of secretprojectrevolution my creative commitment to inspire change in the world through artistic expression."
She added: "I hope my film and other submissions to Art for Freedom will be a call to action and give people a place to voice their own creative expression to help fight oppression, intolerance and complacency."
She called the Art for Freedom project "an online global initiative to further freedom of expression." Klein said the film was an examination of "our private prisons".
He said: "It questions what we do, how we do it and how we treat others. It questions our governments, and our collective thought patterns. Think about it – the power of art can lead to peace."
Art for Freedom is designed to be "a platform to give people around the world an opportunity to answer the question: what does freedom mean to you?"